Kilmanagh: Ballycallan Hall place to be on Sunday, November 10

AGE WITH CONFIDENCE - This programme is aimed at newly retired people and is specifically designed to offer older people support in living life to the full in a positive way. The course will be run over 10 Thursdays from 2pm to 4:30pm and will begin on Thursday, October. It is being run in partnership with Kilkenny Age Friendly County and Droicheád FRC and is free of charge. For further information or to book a place please ring 056 7755519 ext. 1.

AGE WITH CONFIDENCE - This programme is aimed at newly retired people and is specifically designed to offer older people support in living life to the full in a positive way. The course will be run over 10 Thursdays from 2pm to 4:30pm and will begin on Thursday, October. It is being run in partnership with Kilkenny Age Friendly County and Droicheád FRC and is free of charge. For further information or to book a place please ring 056 7755519 ext. 1.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR - Come one, come all to Ballycallan Hall on Saturday, 10 November from 7 to 10pm for this revived Christmas Craft Fair. The event will involve local businesses showing their goods and taking orders for Christmas. Tea and refreshments will be available on the night. This is a chance to get Christmas going and to support local industries. For anyone wishing to book a stall to display their wares the cost is €20. Contact any member of the Hall Committee for further information.

SAVE ON REPAIRS - A Home Repairs and Maintenance Programme (Level 4) is the ideal programme for anyone wanting to improve on doing DIY jobs in their own home. On completion of this programme, participants will be able to understand and demonstrate basic plumbing, electrical works, tiling, painting, and decorating skills which will empower people to carry out tasks in their own home or create an opening for them to continue with further training.

The course will begin in early November and will be run over 5 Tuesdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm. It is part-funded by County Kilkenny Leader Partnership and each participant is required to pay €20 each. Places are limited. Please ring 056 7755519 ext. 1 for an application form.

BALLYCALLAN SCHEDULE - There are a number of event coming up which are being held in Ballycallan Hall. Friday, 30 November at 8:00pm - Annual Tea Party: come have a cup of tea and a treat and enjoy a sociable night in Ballycallan Community Centre. This night was a major success last year and was enjoyed by all. The night is run by the ladies who organise the funeral catering in the parish, a highly valued service. Following last year’s successful night, many new items were purchased for the hall, mainly new tables. This year it is hoped to raise enough to purchase much needed new chairs.

Thursday, 13 December at 8:00pm - Christmas Concert: after many years of absence from Ballycallan Community Centre the Christmas Variety Concert is to return. There is an abundance of talent in the parish and it would be a shame not to show this off to as many as possible. For anyone wishing to enter into the Variety concert please contact any of the committee members to do so.

FOOTBALL FOR ALL - Thomastown United A.F.C. are one of the first local clubs to have started training with their Football For All team for children age 6 – 14 with special needs. This programme works with clubs to help them become more inclusive to children of any ability. Football For All teams are in a network of clubs nationwide which embrace diversity and promote the true meaning of  ‘Football For All’. F.A.I. Football For All National Coordinator Oisín Jordan says, “This new programme will ensure the inclusion of children of all abilities in the football community in Ireland. Football For All clubs are breaking down barriers by becoming inclusive to all, guaranteeing that all children regardless of ability will in the future will have the same opportunity to play football for their local club”. The Thomastown Club would appreciate all assistance promoting the sessions and helping boost numbers at Thomastown United’s astro-turf pitch on Saturdays from 5pm – 6pm. The team will be playing friendly matches this season with F.F.A. teams in other clubs in the region. for further enquiries contact organiser Bernie Costello on 086-0863827. For any club wishing to start their own ‘Football For All’ training contact Nick Harrison, Football Association of Ireland, Football For All, Club Development Officer on 086-0472051.

KILMANAGH NOTES - Anyone wishing to submit news items, club events, announcements, etc. can do so by emailing marydargan@gmail.com before 9pm on Sundays. Photographs can also be included by sending them as attachments.